Substitute jungler Thomas “Kirei” Yuen made a statement with his return to the League of Legends European Championship. Using his signature champion, Kindred, he helped Misfits continue their upward trajectory with a decisive win over exceL eSports.
Kirei has only lost two of the 11 Kindred games he’s played on stage in 2019, and today he showcased exactly why. After getting a cheeky level one kill on Marc "Caedrel" Robert Lamont’s Lee Sin, he invaded his red buff and took him down a second time. He pressed his lead by continuing to track Caedrel, invading his jungle, and ganking heavily, blasting Misfits straight through the early game. By 15 minutes, he was already 5/0/0.
From that point, Misfits rotated around the map as a group, knocking down structures and looking for their chance to break open their opponent’s base. When Excel tried to take Baron out of desperation, Misfits brute forced their way into the pit and aced them, taking the objective for themselves and enabling them to close out the game.
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This match marked the first time Misfits have utilized their 10-man roster since announcing it before the start of the 2019 LEC Summer Split. In an interview before champion select, Misfits head coach Hussain “Moose” Moosvi gave his thoughts on the differences between Kirei and the team’s usual starter, Nubar "Maxlore" Sarafian.
“We started practicing with Kirei recently just to see the differences really between him and Maxlore,” said Moosvi. “We found that neither seemed better or worse. They just communicate differently.”
With such a small sample of games, the jury is still out on which jungler is better for the team. This iteration with Kirei at the helm, however, may be the deadliest version of Misfits that we’ve seen so far in 2019.